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Bolton Defeat U's U23s

Two second half goals give Wanderers the win

20 August 2018

Colchester United's U23s fell to a 2-0 defeat in their first home game of the season on Monday afternoon, as Bolton substitute Luca Navarro grabbed both goals for the visitors.

The U's could consider themselves unlucky not to have got something out of the game, as they created a number of chances either side of half time before Navarro's intervention.

There was an early opportunity for the U's, but George Brown saw his effort well saved by the visiting keeper Aspinall.

Ager and Brown then combined down the left, before Brown curled in a shot that was again saved by the keeper.

Victor Fundi was the first to have a genuine sight of goal for the visitors, forcing an excellent save out of Bailey Vose as it remained 0-0 at the break.

At the start of the second half, Issa had a shot blocked for a corner, before he was then denied by Aspinall once again.

The U's were pressing well but found themselves behind on the hour mark.

A ball from the right was met by Navarro, who steered it home past Vose.

Paul Rooney then denied Tanimowo with a fine challenge as he looked destined to score. His fellow defender Cameron James almost squared it up later in the half, but put his shot wide.

The misses came back to haunt the U's as Navarro as he was set up by Pritchard to get the decisive goal of the game.

U's: Vose, Barnes, Rooney, James, Clampin, Chilvers, Issa, Wright (Sims 46), Gondoh, Brown, Ager (Warde 66)

Subs not used: Hallett, Agboola

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